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Gorgeous 1930s hand-tinted portrait of glamorous Elaine Barry, an authentic, first generation, gelatin silver photograph by Ralph Shaklee of NYC’s White Studio, according to David S. Shields, recognized authority of early Broadway photography. Elaine was a Broadway singer, a Gibson Girl in 1905’s “Catch of the Season”), and her fashion choices are deluxe all the way: deep green Fascinator hat, fluffy gray fur coat, diamond & emerald earrings, deep red lipstick…so glam!

For more info on the studios, photographers, and performers of Broadway’s early era, see Shields’s amazing site, Broadway Photographs – Art Photography & the American Stage 1900-1930: http://broadway.cas.sc.edu/

A real treat, this fine 1930s post-Flapper Broadway starlet photo with its thick, luscious color and art deco styling is autographed in the upper left corner; her (faint, in pencil) handwritten inscription reads, "To Mr. White, Sincerely, Elaine Barry" referring to either founder Luther White, or less likely, to his son, Dexter...fabulous! The White Studio was a premier Broadway portrait and stage production photography studio from 1905 to 1939.

At 10.25" x 13.25," the photograph is printed on double weight photo stock and features extensive, incredibly detailed hand coloring.

In good to great vintage condition, photo has some faint edge & superficial surface wear, none of which is highly visible. The autograph is faint and while the photograph does not come with a COA it is guaranteed 100% vintage and original; no reproductions or scans sold here!

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1930s Hand Tinted Photo - Elaine Barry Broadway Gibson Girl - Autographed, White Studio


  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Materials: hand tinted photograph, ralph shaklee photo, elaine barry starlet, gibson girl picture, white studios nyc photo, vintage broadway history, pencil autograph, Luther S White inscription, 10 x 13 photo, luscious color, green fascinator hat, gray fur coat
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